Can You Rely on an Inheritance to Retire?

Can You Rely on an Inheritance to Retire?

A study completed by the Financial Services Council and ING Direct has discovered that many Australians are failing to save enough in their superannuation, and are relying on receiving an inheritance to fund their retirement years.  One in five of those surveyed said...
Can A Brain Tumour Affect Your Will?

Can A Brain Tumour Affect Your Will?

Can having a brain tumour affect your mental capacity significantly enough to affect how you write your will? The de facto partner of ecologist Elizabeth Walker, who died from a brain tumour in 2010, won the right to inherit under her will despite a legal challenge...
De Facto Relationships & Estate Planning

De Facto Relationships & Estate Planning

As de facto relationships increase, the law has also had to change to reflect the changing nature of family structures. Some people assume that writing your will and getting ahead in your estate planning is just something for married people to do. However, new...
Surprising Estate Planning

Surprising Estate Planning

It’s almost universal that surprising estate planning leads to a court battle. If there’s one thing that upsets family members, it’s the shock of discovering that they’ve been left out of a will or that you’ve left your estate to your...
Prepared For Death: How To Get Organised

Prepared For Death: How To Get Organised

Are you prepared for death? In reality, not many of us enjoy the prospect of thinking about our own deaths. Often this means that we’re not prepared for it, which can mean that our families are left to deal with the chaos left behind. If there’s one thing...
Superannuation Proceeds: Where Will They Go?

Superannuation Proceeds: Where Will They Go?

Many people who are writing their will and beginning to decide how to distribute their estate do not know that the superannuation proceeds are not technically part of their estate. It is only part of the estate if the trustee of the fund pays the money into the estate...